Whats new in PTC Creo 7.0?

Here in Finland, Spring returns and brings new sprouts from the ground, leaves to trees and endless sunshine to the north, and of course a new version of Creo Parametric, Creo Parametric 7.0.

When going through all of what’s new in PTC Creo Parametric 7.0 I realized it would be too much for a single blog to dive into the sea of details. Therefore, a general overview to top highlights will follow.

The top highlights are Real Time Simulation, Generative Design, Additive manufacturing – plus a range of core product improvements from sketcher to drawing.

Real Time Simulation
Creo 7.0 introduces Fluid Flow Simulation to Creo Simulation Live.

The Creo Simulate Live is built specifically for designers, the software giving you real time Fluid Flow Simulation capabilities directly integrated within your Creo environment. This gives designers the tools which will be so responsive, fast and so simple to use that it will keep up with design engineers, every step of way.

The solution technology is provided by ANSYS and utilizes NVIDIA CUDA graphics cards. The new real time flow simulation makes Creo Simulation Live a great tool for fast concept analysis with multi physics support.
Generative Design

Creo Parametric 7.0 brings a new extensions such as the Creo Generative Topology Optimization extension, which automatically creates product designs based on engineering requirements. The solution is powered with serious piece of AI which helps to reduce development time and generate various solutions – allowing you to select the best to take further into the next stages of your process.

I suggest to all engineers that they should take a look at this new technology and learn how it could benefit your own business. Some of functionalities are left to later maintenance releases of Creo Parametric 7.0, so lots of new developments will follow on within this front.
New multibody design workflows allow you to separately manage, visualize, and design geometric volumes within a part file. These new workflows empower you in the areas of generative design, additive manufacturing, and simulation.

The multibody design is great addition for Creo Parametric tool-set for design conceptual models and creation of complex geometry often encountered in castings.

When testing the new multibody functionalities, I realized the benefits of this paradigm but, also the wisdoms of keeping the model tree approachable for generations to come. The future maintenance releases will add some additional functionality to this initial release.
Additive Manufacturing
Creo Parametric 7.0 features improvements to the Creo Additive Manufacturing Extension. You can now add lattices based on the Delaunay stochastic algorithm and hard-edge definition, enabling lattice modelling, print tray optimization, and metal printing with support structures.

The printer support is extended to variety of printers which makes it easy to design and manufacture in one solution with no more time-consuming, error-ridden hassle of multiple software packages.
Core Product Enhancements
Various new improvements have been made to enhance the design experience through the industry leading Creo Parametric.

Part modelling has multiple changes from previous versions. To support multibody design, the absolute accuracy is now default for solid models. The Skecher has new snapping and mirroring functionalities. The visibility of lines and constrains are polished to perfection.

Detailing and MBD have various updates to support latest industry standards. The multibody approach is carried to drawings with new abilities and configuration options for hidden line removal between bodies.

Model geometrical analysis with ModelCHECK supports the multi body parts.

The Creo EX Tolerance Analysis replaces Tolerance Analysis Extension in 1D tolerance stack up analysis. Users are able to try out Clearance and Creepage Analysis (CCX) without requesting a license for 10 days.

As standard with all PTC applications which use CAD data to generate visualizations, illustrations, toolpaths or data management are upgraded to support these updates and functions. The suite of cross functional applications from PTC is really great for any organization in the era of IT consolidation.

For more information on how PTC Creo 7.0 can enhance your design process just visit Creo.

Best regards

Mikko Hinkkanen



Rivalry between Creo vs SolidWorks. As a senior consultant for PDSVISION I spend a lot of time with customers in the field. In conversation with customers you often come across other CAD systems, of course. Often, customers will tell old horror stories like how a parametric CAD is not able to function or, particularly for Creo Parametric, that it’s too complex and too difficult to use, especially if you are a user of PTC Creo Elements/Direct Modeling, formerly known as CoCreate. This CAD System is a direct modeler that has been under PTC’s roof for several years. The classic is, however, that a parametric CAD would not work for our products.

Now, of course, the question is where these stories and opinions come from, especially if they are users of a non-parametric CAD system? Most of the time, these points of view come from very experienced and veteran designers and that is no coincidence. Many of these engineers have been involved in construction since the 2D era of the CAD world and know 3D CAD systems from the early days. These opinions are clearly shaped by the rivalry between Creo, formerly Pro/ENGINEER (Pro/E) and SolidWorks.
PTC Creo Parametric vs SolidWorks – History
In this blog post I would like to explain to you where these “stories” come from and where we stand today. We will take a closer look at the eternal rivals PTC Creo Parametric and SolidWorks of Dassault in 3 main points.
PTC was founded in 1985 by Dr. Samuel P. Geisberg. Back then, he had the first ideas for a parametric and feature-based CAD software. Pro/ENGINEER (now Creo Parametric) has been around since 1987 and was first introduced to the public in Detroit. Known then as Pro/ENGINEER and born into a world where the UNIX workstations of SUN, Apollo and however they were all called, with their computing power, graphics performance and storage space, were absolutely ridiculous.

For PTC, the main focus was always the performance and depth of the functions as it was built from the top down. Over time and in countless benchmarks Pro/E, temporarily called Wildfire, proved how good the function and the speed of the program is. This early, the focus on usability and user-friendliness of Pro/Engineer was only partially important. From this period of about 20 years originates the legendary reputation that Pro/E is difficult to use and learn.
1993 was the year of SolidWorks’s foundation as a company. Its founder, Jon Hirschtick, wanted to develop a simple, Windows-based CAD that would also be cheap to purchase. In the early years, Hirschtick recruited several PTC employees, which ultimately laid the foundation for the eternal rivalry Pro/E / Creo vs. SOLIDWORKS. The “ease of use” is still the defining factor for SOLIDWORKS today. But this fact, too, comes at a cost. For a start, usability was bought by trading depth of functions like you would find in a high-end system. Additionally, there are performance and stability problems to this day, since from the beginning the focus was on simple operation and not on performance as in Pro/ENGINEER. I think every SolidWorks user knows what is meant here.

If you’ve read up until here, I can understand if you say “Ok, but he works for a PTC partner”. True, but before I joined PDSVISION I worked in construction for about 10 years, 5 of which I worked in several companies with SolidWorks in various thematic areas such as plastic, sheet metal or rotary parts.
PTC Creo Parametric vs SolidWorks – Today
Well, now the question is where do we stand today and how do I respond to my customers’ questions and the horror stories mentioned at the beginning?

PTC’s Creo Parametric is already available as version 7. Since Pro/E Wildfire was renamed Creo Parametric in 2011, PTC has worked massively on the overhaul of the user interface and usability. Creo is intuitive to use today without sacrificing functionality, robustness and performance.  We have a modern ribbon interface at our disposal that follows very strongly the philosophy of Microsoft Office. Graphic quality, too, is at the highest level. Like this, Creo Parametric natively supports 4K monitors and Windows DPI scaling. Buttons, font and 3D illustration are so sharply depicted that curves seem very organic and the times with circles in the staircase style belong to the past.

The result is less strain on the eyes and a more plastic experience when constructing. PTC has also integrated a lot of experience and technology from the previously mentioned Creo Elements/Direct Modelling into Creo Parametric. Thus, the “mini-toolbar” and the direct modelling from this program have been adopted. Both are great features that SolidWorks can’t offer. All in one, today we get a Creo Parametric that has little to with Pro/E in terms of operation and is absolutely on par with SolidWorks.

What about Creo Parametric’s performance today?
As mentioned above, Creo Parametric (formerly Pro/ENGINEER) has been developed for performance from the very beginning. That, of course, remains the case to this day. Creo Parametric 7.0 can easily handle very large assemblies without the need for an extra viewer. Let me give you a brief example. Let’s say we have an assembly with 1000 individual parts that has only one drawing. Now we are doubling the number to 2000 parts. In addition, we now produce 4 “bridges”, meaning 8 individual parts are connected. Then, we change the dimensions of 24 of the 2000 parts. We repeat this in Creo Parametric and in SolidWorks. Reading this now, this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but SolidWorks takes about 30 minutes just to save the assembly.

Creo takes about 4 minutes for the same operation. SolidWorks takes about 5.5 times as long to update the drawing. All in all, Creo is about 3.5 times as fast as SOLIDWORKS when it comes to large assemblies. I should note that this is on the same hardware. In fact, this comparison isn’t fair. SolidWorks is the mid-range CAD product of Dassault and PTC Creo Parametric is a high-end CAD system. In the past, SolidWorks was also about 80% cheaper than Creo. But that, too, has changed. The two systems now cost about the same per year even though Creo Parametric offers more capabilities.
Multi CAD in Creo
The last big point I would like to address in this blog has, in my opinion, become even more important in recent years.

A significant part of my time I spend on presales, consulting and support of our customers regarding the topic data exchange between different CAD systems. Unfortunately, file compatibility between suppliers and manufacturers has influenced many purchasing decisions in the past. Native file formats and especially neutral CAD formats such as STEP or ACIS are problematic when it comes to exchanging them. This led to large firms and corporations often effectively demanding their suppliers provide data in “their” native format. In addition, many suppliers had to buy one or two licenses from Catia, SolidWorks or Siemens NX, only to have to deal with, for them, “foreign” file formats. I would personally characterize data exchange as the No. 1 problem source in today’s very diverse CAD world. My thesis is also supported by the large number of CAD conversion programs that exist. Just google this topic, if you like.
UNITE Technology
With the introduction of UNITE technology, PTC has made life in a multi-CAD environment much easier. Files from most common CAD systems, such as Autodesk, CATIA, Siemens NX, SolidEdge and SolidWorks, can be opened directly natively, since as early as 2014 and the version Creo 3.0. It’s not necessary to convert or translate these files. Simply download foreign formats directly into your assembly. You can even see directly on the symbols in the feature tree which part of your assembly comes from a different CAD system. Of course, this also works in the other direction. You can also export your Creo models to native foreign formats. However, often, the files are corrupted. This is often the case with STEP files. Creo Parametric supports you here, too, with great tools to repair the files. In general, however, Creo Parametric is very tolerant with errors in .stp files.

In the two screenshots below, you can see the import and an assembly with one SolidWorks part and one Siemens NX part each.

SolidWorks has also recently followed suit and provides comparable features with SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect.

As a former SolidWorks Key user, I now clearly see PTC Creo Parametric, particularly with the brand-new version 7.0, as the better product. Besides its better performance and more depth and breadth in terms of functionality, there are many other topics, such as sheet metal, PLM connectivity or mechanical simulation where Creo clearly has an edge and about which I could have written here as well.

But my article is long enough, that’s why more to this at a later point in time.

If my lines have drawn your interest, I would be happy to show you Creo Parametric live. Just contact one of my sales colleagues.

Speak soon,
Hans-Joachim Estler

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Getting things done remotely, in a world that almost changed overnight

Vuforia Chalk – The solution to the collaboration challenges we face within 3d design
With people’s movement being heavily restricted all around the globe Vuforia Chalk can help you with remote assistance. How can you keep things moving? Do you support your team and how does your team support you to get practical things done and keep critical equipment and processes running? How can you support the one person that is close enough to the problem, to actually get there, hands on and to fix it? Would it be an office worker, a factory worker, a field technician, a partner, a customer or yourself?

With current restrictions that force people to work mostly from home and only move around within their immediate surroundings, puts completely new challenges on any organization to just function.

Embracing emerging technologies like AR and VR has been challenging to many organizations. To many, the technologies seem like something that is just ‘nice to have’ and many question, where is the real value, how does this fit our organization, do we have the necessary supporting processes, how do we train people to change and adapt?

But what to do in this serious and exceptional time when we are forced to act and think differently?

Remote guidance and assistance can be a short-term solution, for helping people and organization’s in getting things done remotely without the need for new complex processes, advanced connections to business systems and new tool-chains that require ramp up time and training. Remote guidance and assistance require a minimum of two persons to solve the problem. For many cases, this might be good enough, or the only option, in this unprecedented time that we are all in for an unknown time ahead.
Vuforia Chalk – Augmented Reality, simple and secure remote guidance and assistance – for businesses
PTC in cooperation with PDSVISION invites you to use Vuforia Chalk for free without any obligations. This is a joint effort that we believe will help.

This provides a chance for you to support your colleagues, customers and your business through this quite simple and exciting tool.

Chalk allows your experts to securely connect and collaborate with anyone, internally and externally, in order to support, assist and get work done remotely.

All of this is enabled through the mobile App available for iOS and Android. A new feature is also Chalk for desktop. This means that Chalk calls can be initiated and/or received directly through the browser on your PC workstation.

Getting work done remotely is simply calling your expert with the Chalk App. During the call the expert can then draw and annotate ‘sticky notes’ with their own hands directly in your live camera view. Chalk has a low bandwidth mode that turns the video stream to an image stream, this allows you to continue working, even in networks under 500 Kbps.

Vuforia Chalk is a tool for businesses, so it contains a function, from where you add, delete and control the users, this is the Business Admin Centre. The Admin Centre also gives you access to dashboard insights and analytics about the use as well as control of system settings.

The expert in the home office, can see the shared camera view from the person requiring assistance. The expert can then draw by hand, directly in the live camera feed. These drawings will stick to the environment so that the person in the field can easily see and understand what to do next.

The person in the field, requiring assistance, can also draw in the same view with their own desired and distinguished color. Voice is also transferred during the call to further enhance the collaboration possibilities. After the session, an image sequence of all phases of the call is generated. This sequence can be stored for reporting purposes. Both persons will have the image sequence generated on their respective devices.
We are here to help and assist you short and long term
Chalk was originally developed for those needing a flexible AR communication and remote support tool. But in reality, it is able to bring together industry experts and even your customers with the ability to communicate and collaborate –  simply, securely, and ‘visually’, without complex training or learning curves.

It is focused towards being a tool that can be utilized to overcome daily project and work challenges, all without the impact of geography and remoteness slowing down the workflow towards resolution. Chalk is more than just a toy for technology enthusiasts, instead allowing company experts to empower individuals onsite to be the experts for the task at hand anywhere and any time.

One comment I got during a Chalk demonstration was “this is so simple it could actually work”.
Functional & Practical Adoption
Combining the latest AR technology with the ability to quickly draw and annotate ‘sticky notes’, Chalk helps to solve the problem faster than any standardized meeting tools.

It is in my mind a faster rout to solving problems here and now compared to AR design collaboration which requires more complex process development, automation and integration. All before it will start generating value and provide scalability.

Chalk is a true SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solution that stands on its own and that can help here and now, in many of the current day-to-day challenges we face! By solving the day-to-day problems quicker, it allows you to put greater efforts on building the processes of tomorrow, allowing the system to be smart enough to assist the single worker in the field through connected and up-to-date visual AR/VR/3D instructions.

Your team will also  find a range of practical and usable applications that make it a realistic and adoptive technology for the long term.

Both expert and technician can accurately mark-up live views to highlight details or guide multi-step solutions, reducing potentially costly mistakes or simply solving necessary steps in order to guarantee service and business continuity. It can be utilized to provide an overview of real-time live collaborations, complete with Images annotations, and voice – it is easy to understand ‘sticky’ graphics supported by 3D environment mapping in the AR age.

Basic everyday tasks work seamlessly as they should but with ability to integrate into your current organizations established workflows. Attaching Chalk session overviews to work orders as evidence of service for example, not only streamlines and shortens a process from inception to invoicing, but builds trust.

Your customer can visualize and see evidence of the work you claim for. This can provide an improved QC processes with the ability to go back and thoroughly investigate, identify potential flaws in close detail when the reality is that you are psychically remote and speeding the issues towards a successful resolution.
Fluid Compatibility as Expected Today
True and fluid iOS and Android compatibility is now an industry expectation  –  Chalk  delivers and delivers equal compatibility and true functionality as expected. Adding the recently released desktop browser functionality reassuring to know this before you even start. Being compatible is one thing, actually being functional is the enterprise need!

Functionality across platforms allows universal roll out across territories, often in countries with differing standards and accessibility to the hardware required and high variation in bandwidth speed.

To deal with these bottle necks, Chalk is equipped with a simple to configure “Bandwidth Mode” that can accommodate the hungry demands for streaming video, as you can smoothly switch between video stream and image stream.
Assured enterprise grade Security
Understandable and increasing concerns towards 3rd party applications and security are rising to the top of business strategies and people’s considerations.

Vuforia’s system is proven, viable and available, it is designed for enterprise – Secure communication is factored from inception and has been implemented from the core – aligned to the needs of industry Authentication Standards / SSO.

This is no small detail –  The recent disruptions to society has led to poor choices with long term impacts due to the pressure for us to get on and get networking on “The Fly”. It opens the potential for malicious software to enter into the equation – Our usual due diligence often brushed aside in the haste to just function. I do find myself considering the problems poor choices will be revealed.
Easy Management & Implementation
Any collaboration tool needs to be administered from initial installation to adoption and user allocation. A task not considered fun, and one we all try to avoid, especially in the serious and uncertain times we are in now .

Chalk provides simple installation, roll out and admin management via its Centralized user management and work-group analytics system. It can provide easy to source data on a range of subject equations to help improve efficiency and reduce operational costs in both short and long term. Put simply, it can be the differentiation to getting work done, allowing operation and service continuity.

PTC also promise to continue developing the Chalk product and related service with new functions and features that is easy to recognize, adapt and take advantage of.
Complete Support and Training

Any software installation requires some level of support, even if installed by an expert user. It can be a simple Q&A resource portal for some, or a human technical expert for others.

Direction to overcome a tired and forgetful mind to instructor lead certified courses , we tailor our user training around the needs of the end user –  They are always the best guide what is required regardless of how simple things are to us, the experts.

PTC Vuforia underpin their product family with a support network that includes partners like ourselves here at PDSVISION. We specialise in the implementation, compatibility and adoption of the Vuforia suite as part of our Digital Transformation portfolio of solutions.

PDSVISION assist organizations from initial consultation to full roll out and implementation, with a support structure that extends globally. We employ AR specialists who know the products, but also know how to scale the solution to the needs and size of the your business – Small teams of designers to large branded manufacturers, all have unique requirements that we can adapt these solutions to fit, automate and scale accordingly. We can help further by demonstrating the key benefits and know how to get you using them yourselves, quickly and without stressful learning curves.

PDSVISION has been instrumental in helping many organizations, in partnership with PTC, to overcome their own individual challenges in adoption, to try the software and see that new methods and this newer way of working for themselves, first-hand and eliminated risk.
Free Until Last of June 2020*
To encourage you to try this solution within your own organization, today, at a time when an applications like Vuforia Chalk can help overcome global disruption, we along with others in our sector have agreed to offer Vuforia Chalk FREE until at least end of August 2020.

We strike out those short term costs, so you can focus on the benefits it will demonstrate in the way that is best – letting you play with it and letting you establish its benefits whilst it actually benefiting you in reality.

I really encourage you to then compare it against other solutions you have tried, or those whose offers need exploring before you can even try it – I am confident Chalk will demonstrate to you that it supports, it collaborates efficiently, and it delivers fast, efficient real-time results that benefit you today, firming up those long term foundations in the process.

Best regards
Pontus Blomberg

Ansys – More Than Just Simulation

We at PDSVISION have supplied solutions around Ansys portfolio of products for some years, especially Ansys AIM and Ansys Discovery Live. I am proud to say we have become a trusted partner, with a sound understanding of the products and the benefits they bring to our customers.

Simply, Ansys provide technology that enables you to predict, with accuracy, how your products will stand up to the rigors of a global and competitive market. At the heart of these innovative solutions, is the need for accessibility.  As more users need to embrace Simulation to meet standards and demands, the need for the solution itself to allow users to be in command of the learning curves, cannot be overlooked.

They provide the optimized Simulated results needed, cost effectively and without losing all those gains by requiring lots of training.  At the center of our own offerings are two core products – Ansys Discovery & Ansys AIM.

I am going to briefly take the opportunity to highlight why I believe them both to be ideal tools to utilize as you begin, or increase, the use of Simulation within your own organization.
Ansys Discovery Live
Simulation for every engineer is the mantra behind Ansys Discovery Live. It represents big shift towards true democratization of digital simulation. Its guided workflows and simplistic instructions make it easily accessible to all levels of user experience.

It comes equipped with many applications considered as essential – Structural, thermal, fluid flow, electromagnetic’s, electric conduction as well as Multiphysics.

It is also interactive, you can easily test a range of design ideas and you receive immediate insights into the structural performance the designs. This provides invaluable information, thus  providing essential insights into trends, but now also combined with near-instant solving and visualization capabilities

Packaged together with a Ansys own global reputation for producing proven, accurate and a robust technologies have made discovery a must have “Single Tool” for any Simulation focused designers and or engineers.

Read more – Ansys Discovery Live
Ansys AIM

The ability to make informed decisions on firm results is a basic objective of any Simulation based application.  But that is just the start.

It also needs to deliver these accurate Simulations, whilst also assisting the increasing product development demands of any competitive organization. All of this, at the same time as keeping costs to a minimum.

Ansys AIM is capable of providing this in abundance, with the added benefit of being, again fully accessible to a range of skills and experience levels. Because Discovery AIM includes fluids, structures, thermal and electromagnetics simulation capabilities, engineers only need to learn one tool, reducing training time and costs.

It can improve product design, and reduce product development costs by utilizing a simplistic approach with accurate optimized results via one handy simulation tool.

AIM is perfectly suited to deploy as a simulation solution throughout your organization. You can customize it with ease to comply with a variable range of bespoke and Industry standards for simulation, and create simulation templates configured around your organizations unique requirements.

Read more – Ansys
Ansys – Consultation, Support & Training
I have focused on the ease of use, and the lack of learning curve required, all combined with a one tool solution as being big factors in Ansys suitability for all types of user. But at some time we all need some support, direction or advanced guidance.

That is where we at PDSVISION provides a valuable and established service. Our experience of implementation provides users with a range of professional consultation services, partnered by certified training and backed up with Certified & Global Technical support.

From simple user interface guidance, to guidance of organizational wide implementations – PDSVISION together with Ansys can provide more than just Simulation for Every Engineer.

Our training and consultation is available on site and Online, with an ever growing wealth of courses and resources available.

For more information about Our Training

The combination of the above is for why Ansys solutions, together with our expert support, are perfect for an increasing range of simulation users – beyond analysis department gurus. If you would like to know more, feel free to contact us here! 

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